Windows and Doors:

The dining room and kitchen renovations as well as the new elevator called for several Institution approved window and door changes.

The S Terrace dining room window in the elevator area is planned to be filled in with block removed from the 1st and 2nd floor areas where these blocks are removed to create the structure to which the elevator is attached. This task is pending approval of the LULA height variance.  

The two Westervelt wall dining room windows have been filled in with block. The space plan has refrigerators placed along this 25 foot wall (i.e., from the new elevator wall to the kitchen area). The block is covered by stud walls on the inside. The block has been parged on the outside. The parging on the Westervelt side will be painted to match the existing outside wall color by volunteers in the spring.  

The two Westervelt wall kitchen room windows have been filled in with block. This was done to keep wood rot and cement deterioration from returning. The block is covered by stud walls on the inside. An added advantage to doing this is that it provides space for wall mounted cabinets and a microwave in the kitchen area. Added cabinets here, and in other areas as well, eliminate the need for separate dish storage. The block is parged on the outside. The parging on the Westervelt side will be painted to match the existing outside wall color by volunteers in the spring.  

The five Shaw walls have had their window wells filled with cement to keep wood rot and cement erosion from returning. It is proposed that glass block be used for these windows to further prevent water related damage. This will require ARB approval, which can’t happen before February. Those windows will be temporarily blocked with plywood until that approval. If approved, glass blocks will be installed in the spring. Failing approval, small, but much more expensive, non-opening windows will be installed in the spring. Preparation of ARB required paperwork and drawings has begun. This paperwork needs to be submitted to the ARB by the end of the year.  

The S Terrace and Bowman dining room and dungeon windows will be replaced with Institution approved double-hung windows. These seven have arrived and have been installed.  

The dining room entrance door requires two approvals. The first concerns the look of the door. This requires an Institution approved door. The second concerns fire safety. This requires building inspector approval. Fire safety requires doors that open out of the building and that include push opening hardware (our current doors open into the building). An Institution and building inspector approved door has been ordered. It will be a wood door designed to replicate the look of other Mayflower entrance doors.     

Next step: Install windows and door after receipt. Complete ARB paperwork.